Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Jan Harris
Assistant Editor
8:58 AM 21st April 2020

Earth Day 2020 - Climate Action

Earth Day is on the 22 April every year and marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

Together we can save the earth
Together we can save the earth
About Earth Day:

Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day (1970), Earth Day Network works with more than 50,000 partners in 190 countries to build environmental democracy.

More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

Now, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more and more apparent every day.

Earth is a truly wonderful place - let's take care of it
Earth is a truly wonderful place - let's take care of it
The first Earth Day in 1970:

On 22 April 1970, 20 million Americans took to streets, parks, and auditoriums to protest environmental degradation. This first Earth Day sparked the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Twenty years later, one of Earth Day’s original organizers Denis Hayes appeared at the National Press Club to announce the launch of Earth Day as a global organization, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries.

Earth Day 50th Anniversary:

Every year the Earth Day Network choose a theme for the Earth Day by selecting an environmental topic to involve the global public.

This year in 2020 Earth Day is going digital, so join in the global conversations on 22 April as Earth Day goes live.

While we might all be social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, through the power of digital media we can all be more connected than ever.

"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed."
Mahatma Gandhi

Earth Challenge 2020:

Earth Day 2020 will be much more than one day as it should be a historic moment when the citizens of the world combine to meet our climate crisis and look forward to a zero-carbon future.

A global crowdsourcing was launched in 2017 asking seven continents which were the most important research areas and six initial areas were chosen:

Air Quality
Food Security
Water Quality

Two research areas are being launched on Earth Day 2020 - plastics and air quality.

As part of Earth Challenge 2020 you can gather important scientific data on air quality and plastic polution. More research areas will follow in 2020. Use the Earth Challenge 2020 app to gather this environmental data near you.

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